At least the Astros were in the game on Friday and made things interesting against the New York Yankees.
Pinch hitter Brett Wallace doubled in two runs in the seventh inning to pull the Astros within a run. But it was as close as the Astros would get in losing 3-2, for their franchise record 13th consecutive loss before a Minute Maid Park crowd of 29,486.
New York’s three-run fourth inning was the difference. The big blow was a two-run double by David Adams that made it 3-0.
Aside from being roughed up in a three-run fourth inning, Houston starter Brett Oberholtzer (4-5) pitched well in his 5 1/3 innings in getting the loss. Oberholtzer, who retired his first eight batters, allowed the three runs, two earned, and five hits with. He added four strikeouts and one walk.
Winning pitcher Adam Warren (3-2) was making only his second major league start this season and he looked good, allowing no runs in his five innings. The right-hander allowed two hits – singles to L.J. Hoes and Brandon Barnes. He struck out four with one walk. He threw only 64 pitches, 45 for strikes.
IN THE BULLPEN
Houston reliever Josh Zeid did not allow a run or a hit in his 1 2/3 innings with three strikeouts. Kevin Chapman retired the Yankees in order in the eighth inning and Josh Fields pitched a scoreless ninth inning.
Greeted by boos, David Robertson came into the game in the ninth to close out the game. The fans in Houston were hoping to see Mariano Rivera. Robertson got the job done, retiring the side in order for his third save.
Joba Chamberlain was greeted by a two-run double by Wallace to put the Astros within 3-2 with two outs in the seventh inning.
AT THE PLATE
Wallace’s two-run double off Chamberlain in the seventh inning got the Astros within 3-2. Following a Jonathan Villar single and walk to Jose Altuve, the Astros had the bases loaded. But Chamberlain got Matt Dominguez to fly out to center for the third out. Wallace’s double to deep center scored Chris Carter, who opened the inning with a walk, and L.J. Hoes, who got his second single of the game.
Adams’ two-run double in the fourth was the biggest hit of the game. The Yankees took a 1-0 lead in the fourth on a Mark Reynolds single that scored Alfonso Soriano, whose out-double was high off the left-field wall that went under review.
IN THE FIELD
Astros center fielder Brandon Barnes made a nice running catch in left-center for the third out of the fifth inning on a ball hit by Eduardo Nunez.
ON THE BASES
Houston pinch runner Jake Elmore was thrown out trying to steal second base for the third out of the eighth inning with the Astros trailing 3-2.
Andy Pettitte of the Yankees will make the final major league start of his illustrious career on Saturday in game two of the three-game series at Minute Maid Park. The left-handed Pettitte, who played for the Astros from 2004-06, is 10-11 with a 3.88 ERA. He will be opposed by RHP Paul Clemens (4-6, 5.69 ERA). In Sunday’s season finale LHP Erik Bedard (4-12, 4.81) will start for the Astros. The Yankees have yet to name a starter.